31 Jan '12, 6pm

Gasp! Who Knew?! @samigrover looks at more evidence that insecticides are harming our bees.

Just the other week I reported that new research was linking bee deaths to seed insecticide exposure , and specifically the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Now the Independent reports that a new research paper, published in the German science journal Naturwissenschaften, has shown that bees exposed to minute doses of imidacloprid—also a neonicotinoid pesticide—are left considerably more vulnerable to infections caused by a deadly parasite, nosema : Researchers found that bees deliberately exposed to minute amounts of the pesticide were, on average, three times as likely to become infected when exposed to a parasite called nosema as those that had not. The findings, which have taken more than three years to be published, add weight to concern that a new group of insecticides called neonicotinoids are behind a worldwide decline in honey bees, along with habitat ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/more-ev...

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